Musings on Blogging / Writing

No Wow.   This be about blogging.

I’m edging closer and closer to 500 posts.  Think there is about 14 more to go.  Maybe 13 after this one. 

I’m a paid and published writer ya know –  When I was writing more back at Uni  – I remember sending out some work to places for publishing – and as part of the submission you sent a self-addressed envelope so they could send you back rejection letters and your submitted work.

I kept a pile of those rejection letters  on a spike.  The spike filled up. 

I threw the spike out when 3 of my poems got accepted on a radio show, and they paid me $80 – which at the time,  and for a Uni student was a nice little bonus. Over the years I have had small pieces published in random places, poems, stories for various sums, entered some competitions that required writing something for a prize and won them.

I write mainly short stories now, Sci fic, Spec fic, fantasy, I got in a local small press book published last year of short stories  – and even attended the semi swanky book launch.    Poetry  was mainly about feeling, and I’ve not been feeling much lately so haven’t written poetry lately, and of course I blog.

But the best thing anyone said to me was ” I want to know what happens next”

You also don’t get rejection letters when you blog. 

I do have a personal journal – It’s not worth sharing the link – Mostly  loads of dribble –  It’s not meant to entertain/inform.  It’s more of a brain dump then a brain sorter.  For example todays entry was

Feb. 25th, 2010

She unplugs herself to listen for her coffee order. Plugs herself back in, and walks off papercup warm in her hands.

Doesn’t remember when her middle part in her hair become a side part, falling slightly over the eyes

It’s a little droll .

I started Pugnacious priest because  I had found something I loved and wanted to write about it. Never expected people to read it.

I am still surprised people read me – some of you I have forced my link upon you –  others found me – and It’s awesome to get random people and people I didn’t know  – knew I blogged say  in game saying ‘ Hi.. by the way I read you’


I really appreciate that you read me – and keep reading me.

I’m the only one of my real life friends thats writes.  I used to go to writers meetings for motivation but never connected with anyone enough to ever become friends.   The meetings were either too ” lets destroy each other”  or lets just pat  each other on the back”  Dating a writer didn’t work out either,  but I get a lot out of reading other bloggers – makes me feel like the need to communicate as I do – is not so strange and lonely.

My gaming is very much tied up into this blog.  I write therefore I play – I play therefore I blog. If one where to stop then so would the other.  No this isn’t a goodbye I guess just brain drivel and me formulating where my head is at. 

 I NEED to write.   Some people who know me might get that –   some don’t – that I have a respectable job – and have been grown up enough to get a mortgage  still doesn’t negate that I won’t let go of something like my writing – and that I hope one day to make a living off it.

I don’t think I am a particularly good writer but It’s like how I feel about music. I breath because I sing,  because I write.  Writing to me is as essential as breathing.

I don’t leave home without a notebook, and if I find myself without one,  I end up buying one at a news agency and a black felt tipped pen – because I love the feel of that type of pen on paper.  Some of my best stories have been written standing up on  a packed train notebook in hand scribbling furiously.

But I am  proud of this blog – and it’s almost been 500 entries – hence this sentimental drivel that has been slopped onto the white space above.

So yeah – I might forget to mark my 500th – but it doesn’t matter cause it matters to me now – and its been slow, two years of blogging but I’ve stayed motivated, think I only skipped a week once. Wish I could apply the same motivation to other things.

18 Responses to “Musings on Blogging / Writing”

  1. 1 Juzaba February 25, 2010 at 2:09 am

    That was a really honest post. I dig, I dig.

    Also, I liked the “unplugged” part. Do people really do that, nowadays? I thought everyone had the headphones in 24/7. I feel like I’m the only one in the world without them.

    Keep writing!

  2. 3 Klepsacovic February 25, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Unplugging to interact with the NPCs vendors which are the minimum wage workers who keep us caffeinated and fed? You’ve gained a few points.

    Being a good writer is overrated. It’s better to be a lot of writing writer. The odds just work out better that something will be good, compared to the person who writes one thing: half of the next ‘Great American Novel’. Then once you’re famous and people think you’re great, your bad writing gets the new perspective of “early works” or “unappreciated”. I imagine that somewhere, Hemingway has scribbled on a bathroom wall and once someone finds it, they will find genius in the fake phone number.

    • 4 Pugnacious Priest February 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      ^^ Coffee is the lifeblood. I feel rude with my earplugs in and Im talking to someone for what ever reason. Its the New Non verbal indication that I am paying attention. The lot of writing seems to be working – when I am not being creative I am at least consistently writing my blog, and I have plans for several ‘great australian novels..” except most of them will never get picked up in Oz for not being Aussie enough..

  3. 5 Xeppe February 25, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Wow 500! That is amazing. Not only do I read your blog regularly but you inspired me to start writing my own. I dunno that I’ll make it past the end of the month though, let alone 500 – it’s a lot of work doing it daily. Mega gratz coming up.

    • 6 Pugnacious Priest February 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      Xeppe – write what you can – when you can.. even if you start a post and let it sit in drafts – Hope you do make it past a month 😛 find your own motivation to keep writing.

  4. 7 Larisa February 25, 2010 at 6:14 am

    In case you forget to mention it again – grats to 500 posts and two years of blogging. I’m about exactly the same myself and i know what it takes. I bit of insanity I guess… obsession. Passion. Whatever.
    Cheers for your blog, which is just as personal and natural, unplugged as I like a blog to be.

  5. 9 gevlon February 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    You indeed should be proud of your blog

  6. 11 Jasyla February 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Congrats on nearing 500! That’s something to be proud of.

    When I order my morning coffee, the music gets paused, but the earplugs don’t come out. Proper social interactions don’t happen until after I’ve drank the coffee.

  7. 12 teac77 February 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I like reading your blog entries. ^^ I’m a Priest on Arathor server, and it is a challenge playing that role in the game.

  8. 13 Tufva February 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Wow – well done!

    I don’t know how you guys that blog do it. I’d love to – I keep “writing” posts in my head, but never find the time to sit down and enter them into the computer.

    Still hoping that one day I’ll get there. 🙂

  9. 14 Solidstate February 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Nice post 🙂
    I think we can all relate to the “need to blog/write”. It just comes from different directions for different people. My blog has always been a brain dump and that’s good enough for me. My comments on other blogs tend to be longer (or at least have more depth) than my usual blog post 😉

    “Spec fic” – I know fic is short for fiction, but what is “spec”?

    • 15 Pugnacious Priest February 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm

      Speculative fiction amongst writing circles :p there is a contention between real sci fic ( based on plausable scientific facts) and speculative fiction that is not quite fantasy but is certainlly not science

  10. 16 gnomeaggedon March 2, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Grats on 500 posts/2 years!

    It’s a long haul…

    Tell, could you bear to start at post 1 and read forward or are you happier to face the next post?

    • 17 Pugnacious Priest March 2, 2010 at 2:45 am

      I cringe at my 1st posts.. the cringing gets less and less as you go.. but yeah.. nasty.

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